Wednesday 28 September 2016

Contrast between bullets and sweets in 1916 garden

Ciara Treacy

Published 02/06/2016 | 02:30

Designer Fiann Ó Nualláin with Joe O'Connor, Tola Collier, William Brennan, Steve Carey and Alan Battersby at the 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden' at Bloom Photo: Steve Humphreys
Designer Fiann Ó Nualláin with Joe O'Connor, Tola Collier, William Brennan, Steve Carey and Alan Battersby at the 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden' at Bloom Photo: Steve Humphreys
Molly Hayes from Milltown and Rachel Woods from Sandymount (both aged 10) playing cards in the Sanctuary Synthetics 'Secret Life of Pets' Garden Photo: Steve Humphreys
Breast cancer survivor Ashley Coffey from Marino in the Marie Keating Garden 'Out the Other Side: A Garden of Hope' by Tunde Szentesi Photo: Steve Humphreys

Waking up to find the streets where they played hopscotch caught up in revolution offered liberation to the children of 1916, according to designer Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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The former Bloom gold medallist brought Irish Independent reader Jacinta Sullivan's concept to life in the 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets' garden for this year's festival. Ms Sullivan was the winner of a competition to help design the 1916 Commemoration Garden, sponsored by the Irish Independent.

The design contrasts bright flowers representing the eruption of rebellion with bullet casings and sweets on cobblestones, with the Proclamation the backdrop to it all. It also includes re-enactors, some of whom are wearing their grandfathers' uniforms.

Mr Ó Nualláin said: "As the fighting was going on to liberate the children, they were getting their first taste of treasures, which were these sweets that they never in a million years could afford." The garden invites visitors to ask if the Proclamation's promise to "cherish all the children of the nation equally" has been fulfilled.

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